Gabi likes to get stuff done and she doesn’t take bullshit nor get intimidated by anyone – be it UNHCR, the big NGOs, or fellow volunteers. An ex-litigator by profession, a tireless advocate for women’s rights, Gabi is someone that you would turn to for advice, support, or a mutual rant about the countless infuriating situations on the island.
In the summer of 2016, she set up the only safe space for refugee women and teenage girls on Chios. The Athena Centre for Women offers women the opportunity to enrich their lives and recover their sense of identity which has been lost during the crisis. Besides empowerment and educational activities, such as language lessons, dance and art classes, workshops on gender based violence and women’s rights, the Centre also functions as a hub from where specific needs – legal/psychological/female health – of the women refugee population of Chios are addressed, away from the harsh conditions of camp life.